Mixon praised by Saban, others at camp

It's no secret that in-state schools Alabama and Auburn would be close to dream offers for three-star running back and wide receiver Keith Mixon, but neither has pulled the trigger with an offer just yet. He showcased his talent for Nick Saban and company on Tuesday, and says he impressed all day long en route to a possible offer.

Running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash is always a good start to any workout, and Keith Mixon says that's what he did while in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's camp on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound dynamic athlete from Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley High has long campaigned for that elusive offer from the Crimson Tide, and it may have been his best effort yet.

"I did really good," he said. "I talked to Coach [Nick] Saban, Coach [Billy] Napier and Coach [Mario] Cristobal. I worked out with the receivers and did a couple of running back routes, they said I'm quick and fast, have good hands, can make people miss and am a quick learner.

"I gave it my all, they had the camera on me all day so I watched film with Coach Napier and we corrected some things he saw."

Alabama has been high on the Scout.com three-star for some time, and have talked to him about opening up a slot wide receiver/running back/returner position for a smaller-framed talent like Mixon. It seems as if there are two others in contention for the one potential spot in the Crimson Tide's 2015 class.

"They really like me, but they're looking at three of us, so they said they're going to let me know something by July," he said. "(The others are) A dude from Ohio and Texas (BamaMag suggests Tyree Kinnel from Ohio and Ryan Newsome from Texas, though unconfirmed)."

Admitting he could see himself suiting up in Tuscaloosa following the trip for years to come, the rising-senior standout was accompanied by perhaps Alabama's top target in the class, five-star Shades Valley teammate and close friend Daron Payne.

The two spent the entire day in town and spent plenty of time with the staff in the process.

"We got all the good food and chilled in the coaches offices all day," Mixon said. "It was just the usual with Payne, the coaches talked to him all day. Everybody did."

The versatile offensive weapon is in no rush to pull the trigger and commit, despite holding more than a dozen scholarship offers to this point. Mixon will camp at Auburn this summer as well.


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